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Windows 7: win 7 not showing "network" attached drives in explorer

05 Feb 2009   #1

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
win 7 not showing "network" attached drives in explorer

Let me explain. These are usb drives connected on a network usb hub. No issues with hub, software, sharing on the hub over network. The only small issue is that for example,clicking on my computer to show drives(which it works and shows them this way in preview task pane window), but on the left pane window where its the "folders" view, under my computer all i show is attached IDE/SATA and local usb attached drives.

This does not concern an issue as a mapped network drive as it is NOT setup as and not needed. Software for the hub controls all of that.

This was not an issue with xp.

[edit] Another issue with this is the right click send-to menu... shows local usb, and just shows 2 out of 4 currently connected usb network drives, all connected via the usb hub either directly plugged in, or plugged into to the network hub via another 4port usb regular hub, which by manufacturer's specs is possible and the device is allowed up to 16 connected devices to the network 4 port usb hub.

[edit #2] The above issue with the 2 of 4 drives seems to be related to NTFS and FAT32 as the 2 shown in the right click send to menu are the NTFS drives, not the FAT32.

[edit #3] Update: The drives that show in the navigation pane (left side) of explorer is the NTFS drives, not the FAT32... same with right click send to menu. Although they show up

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05 Feb 2009   #2

XP/win7 x86 build 7127

Aha! Eureka... I found it! Ok... the answer to this problem atleast, maybe to others involving this in some way shape or form....

With explorer open, click on the organize button, drop down to folder and search options, (old folder options box) under general tab, navigation pane options, checkmark "show all folders" and apply.... voila, now both NTFS and FAT32 drives now show up in the navigation menu and right click - send to menu

This also showed networked/mapped shares/drives from another pc (win7x86). Before it wouldnt show these either in the navi
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06 Feb 2009   #3

Windows 7 Build 7048 x64

Very helpful information Digger
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18 Jun 2009   #4

Win7 SP1 + Ultimate 64 bit

Thank you Digger, I had a similar problem in that I couldn't see USB or DVD/CD drives now, all is fixed
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